All Drama, All the Time With Packers, Favre
Aaron Rodgers must be wondering: What changed?
Last week, as reporters surrounded his locker at Lambeau Field following his first training camp practice as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers said he'd been told by team officials just after Brett Favre retired in March that he'd be the club's starter this season.
All last week, General Manager Ted Thompson and Coach Mike McCarthy said they were committed to Rodgers as the team's starter this season no matter what happened with Favre's pending comeback.
But Sunday, with Favre headed to Green Bay and set to be reinstated to the Packers today, a source said the club had pledged to allow Favre to compete with Rodgers for his old starting job.
If so, Rodgers would have a right to be upset.
Favre arrived in Green Bay on Sunday night. He probably will undergo a physical and a conditioning test and be ready to practice with the Packers on Tuesday.
McCarthy is scheduled to participate in a news conference tonight to discuss his plan for handling the quarterback situation.
Following the Packers' scrimmage Sunday night, McCarthy wasn't ready to divulge his plan. He told reporters he wanted to speak to Favre first and if the team was about to play a game, Rodgers would be the starter.
"There have been no promises," McCarthy said, according to the Associated Press. "Once again, there has been indecision throughout Brett's path back here to Green Bay. It's important for us to sit down and communicate."
Rodgers, for his part, seemed to take things in stride.
"I'm a competitor," he said after the scrimmage, according to the AP. "I'm going to compete. This isn't going to be easy. It's going to be a dogfight. And I know if they do open it up to competition, not a lot of people give me a chance. But I believe in myself and I'm going to be the best I can be and let coach decide from there."
The guess here is that the Packers said what they felt they had to say to try to keep Favre in retirement and away from training camp, their clear preference. But once Favre made it evident that he was on his way to Green Bay and couldn't be stopped, and the Packers weren't receiving any trade offers they deemed suitable, they felt they had no choice but to have an open competition for the starting job. Otherwise, McCarthy might face a locker room uprising if players thought the better quarterback was being kept on the bench.
But it also says here that the Packers have wronged Rodgers unless they told him privately all along there would be an open competition if Favre returned. No NFL player should think he's above competition for his job. It's the way of the league. But every player also has a right to expect to be told, honestly, where he stands, and if Rodgers was misled, he has a legitimate gripe.
By Mark Maske |
August 4, 2008; 6:14 AM ET
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